EngineeringA2P1068: A Blueprint for Success: Inside A2P’s Cutting-Edge Engineering Solutions

September 12, 2023

At Advanced Architectural Products (A2P), we recognize that each project comes with its unique set of challenges and requirements. Therefore, we don’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Instead, we pride ourselves on our ability to create custom-made solutions to these demands head-on. Leveraging our extensive experience in the construction industry, we offer a comprehensive suite of engineering services that are tailored to each client’s specific needs.

Our in-house team of seasoned engineers and technical specialists work collaboratively to provide solutions that not only meet but exceed expectations. Whether it’s adapting facilities to value-driven redesigns or coupling historic structures with new construction methods, A2P’s expertise ensures that every project is executed with precision and efficiency. By aligning our engineering capabilities with cutting-edge industry standards and technological advancements, A2P stands as a beacon of innovation and quality in the construction materials landscape.

Join us as we explore the various facets of our engineering solutions, collaborate, and discover how A2P is redefining the boundaries of construction engineering.

Structural Design Review & Finite Element Analysis (FEA): Ensuring Safety and Structural Integrity

Beyond product selection and design support, A2P places paramount importance on the comprehensive structural review that we perform for each and every project. This review goes beyond evaluating the basic design elements – it is a systematic evaluation of your building’s design and components, assessing its ability to withstand various forces and loads. This critical part ensures that the structures we build are not only safe and sound today, but remain so in the years to come.

A key step in this process is the Finite Element Analysis (FEA) performed by our dedicated engineers. FEA is a powerful 3D computational tool used by engineers to predict how structures will react to forces such as pressure, heat, vibration, and other physical effects. By simulating these conditions, engineers can evaluate your building’s design’s performance even before the first brick is laid.

By applying FEA to every project, we are able to evaluate material properties, stress distribution, and propose design improvements. This analysis ensures the structural integrity and durability of continuous insulation systems and sub-framing components, identifying potential design issues and structural or mechanical failures. This saves you both time and money, as it allows for the necessary adjustments to be made before construction begins.

Our personalized, responsive and proactive approach ensures a smoother construction process and a final product that meets the highest standards of safety and efficiency. By employing FEA, A2P can anticipate and respond to various challenges, optimizing materials and designs for specific project requirements. This analytical methodology not only enhances the structural integrity but also contributes to cost-effective solutions.

Proven Solutions: Exploring our History of Success

To further explore the breadth of our engineering solutions, let’s examine specific examples of projects in which our dedication, innovative approach, and meticulous planning allowed for safe and cost-effective adaptive solutions.

Kalamazoo Mixed-Use Project

Kalamazoo Mixed Use | SMARTci by A2P

In the Kalamazoo Mixed-Use project near Western Michigan University, A2P faced the challenge of adapting to a value-driven redesign and cold-weather construction. The original plan for spray foam insulation had to be abandoned, and the team needed to find a way to dry in the building, make up lost time, and meet progressive building codes. Our SMARTci Continuous Insulation 3-in-1 System provided an efficient, cost-effective, and code-compliant continuous insulation solution. The system’s versatility allowed for the attachment of masonry ties directly to the GreenGirt CMH sub-framing, saving time and eliminating interior wall condensation. This innovation helped the team regain critical lost time and acted as a valuable contingency for the construction manager.

MGM Springfield Project

MGM Springfield | SMARTci by A2P

The MGM Springfield project involved preserving the history of Springfield, Massachusetts, while creating a modern resort-style hotel and casino. The complex development required relocating a 150-year-old church, renovating historic buildings, and coupling pre-existing buildings and structures with new construction methods. Our energy-efficient SMARTci 2-in-1 continuous insulation system provided an engineering solution to these complexities. The system offered a structurally sound thermal break with a load-bearing universal cladding attachment system to support seven varying types of cladding, including the facade of the city’s historic 172-year-old Union Hotel. This innovative approach honored Springfield’s history while delivering the highest level of efficiency in thermal energy in the industry.

Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech. | Engineering Solutions

The Kendeda Building at the Georgia Institute of Technology presented a unique challenge as one of the greenest buildings in the country and the world. Achieving Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification required innovative solutions to meet rigorous green building standards. A2P’s SMARTci 1-in-1 continuous insulation system played a vital role in achieving this certification. The system’s composite metal hybrid (CMH) component material allowed for the highest level of energy efficiency by reducing thermal loss and preventing moisture damage within the building envelope. Additionally, the system’s components consisted of 25% post-consumer recycled and reusable material, aligning with the building’s sustainability goals.

Supporting Architects: From Product Selection to Building Envelope Design

At A2P, we understand that the role of an architect goes beyond aesthetics. They are responsible for ensuring a building’s functionality, safety, and sustainability. Recognizing these challenges, our team provides comprehensive support to architects at every stage of the project.

From helping with product selection to designing the building envelope, we provide detailed specifications and engineering solutions that align with the project’s unique requirements. Our assistance extends further by providing crucial details, ensuring seamless integration of the chosen products into the design.

To illustrate the value of this support, consider a case study where A2P’s services significantly enhanced the architectural design process. In this project, our team worked hand-in-hand with the architects, guiding them in choosing the right products and providing detailed specifications. This collaboration resulted in a design that not only met the aesthetic requirements but also exceeded performance expectations, contributing to the building’s overall efficiency and sustainability.

Empowering Contractors: Verifying Loading Capabilities and Streamlining Submittals

Contractors play a pivotal role in transforming architectural designs into tangible structures. To ensure our work with developers is seamless and efficient, we extend our support by verifying loading capabilities and optimizing applications.

Our team conducts a full range of thorough analysis to confirm that the chosen products can withstand the expected loads. This verification process eliminates guesswork, reduces the likelihood of structural issues, and ensures the safety and integrity of the final structure.

Moreover, we assist contractors in streamlining submittals, making sure that all necessary documentation is accurate, complete, and submitted on time. These services not only streamline the construction process but also improve the final results, as evidenced by numerous successful commercial projects completed with A2P’s support.

What’s The Final Takeaway?

At the end of the day, A2P’s engineering solutions are more than just a perk; they represent a team of seasoned professionals dedicated to streamlining your building process, lowering your building’s liability hazards, and raising your cost-efficiency.

We believe in fostering partnerships with our clients and partners, providing you with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions about your projects. As we continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible in engineering solutions, we invite you to become a part of our journey.

If you want to experience firsthand how A2P can transform your next project, contact us today. Your project deserves nothing less than the expertise and dedication that A2P brings to the table.

To learn more about our products and services, feel free to visit our website. There you can browse our different SMARTci continuous insulation systems, read more about our past projects, find your local rep, or request a quote.

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